Briley, Jennifer

Seventh Grade World Studies

Tips to Understanding World Studies

  1. This is a writing and researched based class; we analyze the geography, history, culture and modern challenges of the Middle East, Africa, India, China and Russia.
  2. Students need to come with a charged Chromebook each day; they do not need a folder for papers (although they are welcome to keep one if they want to).
  3. If you notice a zero in Power School your student has either (a) Missed School or (c) Did not complete the work in a timely or correct manner. Please encourage them to talk to me to get the needed clarification on the zero.
  4. I am available to meet and work with students from 2:30 to 2:50PM. 
  5. Students can redo quizzes,  projects or tests; if they are absent they can turn in class work upon returning and recieving clarification for missed work; they should sign the Taking Ownership form in my classroom when finished.


What is going on in our class?

During September and  October, 7th grade World Studies students are focused on the Middle East. They generated new understandings in regards to history, culture, politics and conflict. They also became more familiar with three major religions originating in the Middle East and World (Islam, Christianity and Judaism).  

In November and December student investigated and studied Africa. They became more familiar with regional differences and similarities. As a class we read Journey to Jo'Burg to understand struggles felt due to the system of Apartheid. Students also focused on modern day heroes making a difference in Africa; they used Powtoons to share their new understandings with classmates. 

Upon returning to school in 2018 7th grade World Studies students are diving into the country of India. Additionally students will be learning about countries that border India. They will become more knowledgeable about the origins of Hinduism as well as Buddhism; they will also analyze the life of Gandhi. Finally, students will embark on a peaceful protest in regards to a school or life related struggle. 

As third trimester began students embarked into a study of China. They investigated current challenges facing this country. They also became more familar with the United Nations Sustainable Goals. 

Toward the end of the third trimester, students strengthened their self-discipline as they analyzed the historical fiction, Anastasia and her Sisters. The also conducted independent studies of Russia.